Donna, from Blendermom.me, wanted to share a story on how she is teaching her son how to handle anger in a constructive manner. From time to time we all get angry and it is important that we model the behaviors that we want our children to do. I hope that you enjoy her story. Thank you Donna for sharing!
My youngest son whom I affectionately call buddy, now nine, is a very sensitive emotional compassionate boy. He is the one I wrote about in my previous post about him being teased. He also has had some anger issues especially around 2nd and 3rd grades. Whenever I have had to correct his behavior, even in a small way, such as making him come back and clean up after himself before he goes and plays, I have been met with brooding looks, exasperated sighs, and extra heavy walking (aka stomping lol) at every turn.
As he has gotten older and more articulate I started noticing something else emerging and that is if I corrected him on anything and sent him to his room he would go and stomp or kick the wall and say “Stupid, stupid, I’m just stupid!” He would also display this behavior if he got upset while playing with friends and would storm into his room. I continued to think this was anger issues and began a mission to come up with ways for him to deal with his anger. I had him draw pictures, like the above picture that was actually drawn by my daughter, or write stories about his frustrations as well as teaching him the escalator technique which has really worked very well for him.